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The Dragon's AltarD&D Insider Article
Eye on Dark Sun
by Rodney Thompson

The people of Athas have many things to fear, but none more than the Dragon. In order to prevent their city-states from being destroyed, sorcerer-kings pay tribute to the Dragon in the form of massive sacrifices. One of the most notorious sacrificial sites is the Dragon’s Altar, a place rarely visited because of its long-time association with the Dragon. The Dragon’s Altar is so polluted by the Dragon’s powerful defiling magic that the very stones of Athas have been twisted and blackened by repeated exposure to the Dragon’s presence.

Most sensible people of Athas stay far, far away from the Dragon’s Altar, even when no sacrifices are waiting to be claimed. Aside from the taint left on the landscape by the Dragon’s presence over the years, there is the (not unreasonable) fear that the Dragon might reappear at any time. Other than those being sacrificed, templars are the only people of Athas who can openly claim to have visited the Dragon’s Altar and survived.

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    About the Author

    Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, his credits for the Dungeons & Dragons game include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.